I found out today that a fellow OZ author, one Philip José Farmer passed away. The Wikepedia page describes him as follows.
Philip José Farmer (January 26, 1918 – February 25, 2009) was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois, where he died on February 25, 2009.
Among his long list of sci-fi and fantasy publications, he wrote the classic fantasy novel, A Barnstormer in Oz. Again, Wikepedia states the following.
A Barnstormer in Oz: A Rationalization and Extrapolation of the Split-Level Continuum is a 1982 novel by Philip José Farmer and is based on the setting and characters of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
There are too many odd coincidences here to dismiss as pure luck. I live in Terre Haute, he was born in Terre Haute. He wrote an Oz book, I have written an OZ book. L. Frank Baum passed away on May 5, I was born on May 5.
Overall, I would say the Princess Ozma, the young Ruler of OZ was quite wise in her choice in selecting me to tell the story of her Royal Magican, Jamie Diggs, who just happens to be the great grandson of O. Z. Diggs, the original Wizard of Oz.
See you on the other side of the Shifting Sands, Philip.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma